Yes, we’re writers, but we’re readers first. Part of the reason I wanted to write was to give others the transporting experience I’ve had, reading a wonderful book, and ‘waking up’ hours later, unaware of my surroundings. Or consciously slowing down, toward the end of a book, just so I won’t be done. Yes, I can reread it, but I’ll never again experience it for the first time.
So I started thinking . . . If I were stuck on a deserted island, all alone, what books would I want with me?
I don’t mean survivalist literature – I’m talking, ‘keep me sane while I’m waiting for the cavalry to show up’ books. I chose an arbitrary limit of 10, then tried to decide. The first couple were easy – they popped right into my head.
- Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
- The Stand – Stephen King
- A Gift Upon the Shore – M.K. Wren (if you’re a writer, you should read this dystopian novel-what would happen to the books if the world crumbled?)
- Malevil – Robert Merle Okay, shoot me, I love end of the world scenarios.
But after that it got tougher.
- Timeline – Michael Crichton
- King’s Oak – Ann Rivers Siddons
- Any of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon
- Most anything by Barbara Samuels / Barbara O’Neal
- Violin – Ann Rice Or The Feast of All Saints – I can’t decide
- South of Broad – or anything by Pat Conroy. Maybe if I were lucky, he’d have a new one out I hadn’t yet read….
See how I got flaky at the end? Too many good books!!!
What are your Deserted Island Books? I’d love to hear about them.
Gosh, this is harder than it sounds…
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Quickie – James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hollywood Wives – Jackie Collins
Stephanie Plum books – Janet Evanovich
The Perfect Husband – Lisa Gardner
The Onion Field – Joseph Wambaugh
“Hollywood Books” – Joseph Wambaugh
Dream Man – Linda Howard
I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch of my favorite books 😦
OMG, Kathy, I forgot Gone with the Wind!
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